The community has joined together to support a south Bucks dog charity in creating a memorial garden to their most loved residents.

Stokenchurch Dog Rescue (SDR) on Oxford Road have received donations of engraved memorial stones, a selection of plants and compost and even a new bench.

The garden will serve as a memorial to two of SDR’s most loved resident dogs, a West Hallam White called Donald and a German shepherd cross called Major.

Dog handler Jane Evans from Thame had the original idea to plant a rose bush in memory of Donald and Major, who died in July and August 2015 respectively, and from there the project snowballed.

Ms Evans said: “It all started from one single rose. I said I would like to buy one to put in the garden for Donald - that was all it was going to be.

“I put an appeal out for compost and suddenly I was then inundated with offers of plants.”

SDR was then offered various plants by Notcutts Garden Centre in Booker, a bench by Wicks and a number of engraved memorial stones from Letterfest.

“We have never had somewhere to remember the dogs that have passed so it is lovely to now have a place to go,” Ms Evans added.

“I would really like to thank all the volunteers so much for their help with it.

“It’s been a cumulative effort and the generosity of people is heart-warming.”

The home’s Chief Executive Michelle Vickers said: “All the workers here loved Donald and Major – they were definite favourites.

“If there is a silver lining it was that the camaraderie between the staff grew as a result of people coming together.

“It is a lovely place to remember the dogs and it’s great to have a focal point of their memory.

“Literally out of a seed of an idea, a whole garden has grown.”

SDR currently has two resident dogs, Patch (a terrier) and Nealy (boxer/Staffordshire mix).

An official opening of the memorial gardens will take place on November 25. More details to be confirmed.